1,871 of my constituents claimed Job Seekers Allowance (JSA) in June. That's down 186 or 9.0 per cent in the last month and 1,000 or 34.8 per cent on a year ago.
The news regarding youth unemployment is even better. Of the 1,871 Croydon Central residents claiming JSA in June, 405 were between the ages of 18 and 24. That's down 60 or 12.9 per cent in the last month but down 210 or 34.1 per cent on a year ago.
Unemployment in Croydon Central is now 1,072 or 36.4 per cent lower than when the Coalition came to power and youth unemployment is 365 or 47.4 per cent lower.
Across the country, more people are in work today than at any time in this country's history - 1.8 million more than when Labour left office. Each month when I tweet the latest good news on jobs, various Labour activists reply claiming that all these new jobs are part-time or zero-hour contracts. That is simply not true with 19.1 million in full-time work – an all-time high.
There is absolutely no room for complacency. There are still far too many people out of work or in part time work when they would like a full time job. But these figures show that the Government was right to take tough choices to get the deficit under control. Labour opposed those tough choices - Ed Miliband said they would lead to a million more unemployed. They got it wrong when they were in government, borrowing too much money in the good times, and now we know they were wrong about how to clean up the mess too.